Tag: Edson Buddle

Sporting KC Gets Statement Win Over Galaxy 1-0

The game was called the biggest matchup of the early season by ESPN’s Adrian Healey in the pregame. While this may have been an overstatement, yesterday’s match featured two teams that during the preseason many had as the best in their respective conferences.  After 90 minutes, only one looked like an MLS Cup contender. Sporting KC behind a raucous crowd of 19,000 plus rolled to a 1-0 victory over the LA Galaxy.  The Galaxy came into the game without designated player David Beckham but did return Landon Donovan to the line-up.  Beckham’s absence, however, was noticeable in a game where ... Read more

Real Salt Lake Shocks Host Galaxy 3-1

For the first seventy minutes of yesterday’s First Kick match-up between the Galaxy and RSL, the predictions about the amazing 2012 Galaxy season looked like they were more than just hype.  Only the crossbar and some timely RSL defending denied the Galaxy a multi-goal lead and the defense looked shaky but solid.  When Edson Buddle converted a David Beckham pass into a goal in the 71st minute, fans could be forgiven for switching off the game and assuming it would spiral out of control from there. But a funny thing happened at The Home Depot Center last night, and it was an ... Read more

Klinsmann Unveils His First USMNT Roster

The U.S. v. Mexico rematch friendly is less than a week away, and today Jurgen Klinsmann unveiled his first list of call-ups as the head coach for the national team.  The Mexico friendly comes at a tricky time for the U.S., as the bigger European leagues are kicking off this month and Klinsmann might have hesitated to call-up players overseas in these leagues.  Mexico will also be missing key players, and with their national team having played in both the Gold Cup and Copa America this summer, they may use the opportunity to rotate eligible players. Nevertheless, the roster has ... Read more

In Defense of Freddy Adu and Other USMNT Thoughts

My name is Robert Hay, and I am a fan of Freddy Adu. That statement has for years been quite controversial, as the young American has been the center of much discussion of the failures of American soccer.  We hype them too young!  We don’t develop our own talent!  Don’t let players like Agudelo and Bunbury get Adu’ed!  No one who plays in the Turkish (or Danish or Swedish) second division deserves media coverage!  If he truly cared about his career then he’d play in the states and turn down the easy paycheck! While the spotlight had turned away from ... Read more

MLS ’11 Preview – Has the Beckham Rule Improved American Soccer?

Note: As part of the MLS Talk preview, we will be examining some of the major trends in MLS that will have an impact on the league this year. Feel free to suggest other big picture topics in the comments. Four years ago, MLS swung a deal to bring David Beckham, the world’s most recognizable soccer player, to MLS for a very lucrative compensation package.  Seeing the increased crowds and buzz surrounding the acquisition, as well as needing a budget rule to account for his huge salary, MLS created the “designated player”, or the “Beckham rule” as it is commonly ... Read more

Kenny Cooper Comes Home to MLS

Welcome back Kenny! The past few weeks U.S. soccer fans have bemoaned the loss of national team players like Edson Buddle and Robbie Findley, players who, while not top-notch international players, are U.S. nationals whose presence gave MLS some respectability internationally.  However, while we on this site and others were complaining about the losses, we have not had a chance to celebrate a major pick-up for the American league.  Former FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper is leaving Bundesliga 2 and signing with the Portland Timbers. For newcomers to MLS, Cooper was named a 2008 Best XI and finished second in ... Read more

Edson Buddle Signing with FC Ingolstadt a Disgrace for MLS

Breaking this weekend was the surprising news that 2010 MLS MVP candidate Edson Buddle was poised to make his long-discussed move overseas.  What made it surprising was that the move was not to Birmingham City, which is where he had long been rumored to go, but to FC Ingolstadt, a Bundesliga 2 club that is currently in danger of being relegated to the third German soccer division.  Fox Sports, which broke the story, reports that the major reason why Buddle chose the German club was his work permit fell through in England and the club was offering him double his ... Read more

What You Missed in American Soccer Over the Holidays

If you’re like me, the holidays are a time of getting out of your workday routines due to relaxation/travel/stress.  In fact, at times I miss news stories because I tend not to check news sites or Twitter as much as I normally do.  So as I begin my work week routine again, I notice that I have missed some news items over the past week or so that were interesting or important. So as a service to our loyal readers and fans who may have been more focused on family and friends than on following all the American soccer news ... Read more